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October 2013

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CINQ Dessert Boutique’s Dayap and Chocolate Tart (UTT Rating: 3.85)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #4: (Dessert)  
CINQ Dessert Boutique

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  137 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  109 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    68 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
      8 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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We love CINQ’s tarts because they’re proudly made using natural and local ingredients, the caramel and sponges are made from scratch, and they come in a unique form and presentation. They’re a great dessert gift for this holiday season. 🙂

Congratulations to Angela Villoria for winning the #4 spot in the UTT XI competition!

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CATHERINE’S Yummy Apple Pie (UTT Rating: 3.80)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #5: (Dessert)  
CATHERINE’S Apple Pie

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  104 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
    90 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    90 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     28 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Indeed, this is simply one of the best Apple Pies in Manila, and the foodies during the recent UTT XI agree. 🙂

Congratulations and thanks to Chito, who named the business after her daughter, for sharing this classic Apple Pie delight with more foodies. 🙂 

Note:  They’re a home business based in the Alabang area.

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THE NOODLE BAKES’ Tosi and Garth Vader (UTT Rating: 3.64)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #7: (Dessert) 
THE NOODLE BAKES

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  68 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  79 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  85 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  34 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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There were a lot of cakes, cupcakes, and baked goods during the last Ultimate Taste Test, but The Noodle Bakes stood out because of their interesting flavors. 

We love the Garth Vader, which was made for peanut butter lovers. It’s like Reese’s and Butterfinger rolled into one cake!

You can also try their Tosi, which is a cake inspired by the addicting NYC crack pie dessert. 

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BRONUTS’ Kronuts (UTT Rating: 3.67) @BronutsPH

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #6: (Dessert)  
BRONUTS’ Kronuts

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  137 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  149 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  136 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    63 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     14 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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One of my favorite variations of the Cronut™ (a croissant-doughnut hybrid by Chef Dominique Ansel) is the home-based kronuts version by BRONUTS

It’s a thick, flaky sweet dough with a hole in a middle, filled with cream and topped with  flavorful treats. I like their savory version, Cream Cheese & Bacon, and the sweet version, Belgian Chocolate with Salted Caramel.

Congratulations to Edie Lim and partners for winning UTT XI with their yummy Bronuts creation!

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EL SUR: We are going back to Alabang!

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THE MERCATO CENTRALE FOOD EXPERIENCE IS COMING BACK TO THE SOUTH!

Great news to all the foodies from the South! The Mercato Centrale group, organizer of the Manila’s most popular night food markets, is bringing back the Mercato Centrale experience to the South! Join us at EL SUR – the NEWEST Mercato Centrale market that will be open in Alabang Town Center (beside Fully Booked) every Saturday from 4pm to 1am starting November 23 (Saturday)! 

“After a short break from the South, we are excited to be back in the area!“ enthused Anton Diaz, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale group and the blogger behind the popular food and travel blog in the Philippines www.OurAwesomePlanet.com.  “Thanks to all the support from our Southern-based foodie fans who have been clamoring for our return.” 

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UNI-CHEF’s Ube Pandan Macapuno Cake (UTT Rating: 3.63)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #8: (Dessert) 
UNI-CHEF CAKES

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    83 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  120 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  115 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
   37 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Nikki Wilkerson of Uni-Chefs is one of the interesting bakers to watch out for. She apprenticed with Jacques Torres NYC, whose cookies are voted as the best in the world. She learned the techniques and now applies them to her signature cakes (using local ingredients) and other baked goodies as part of Uni-Chefs catering service.

She likes to do flavors that are “simple and perfectly done” vs. something new, weird, or different.
Once you’ve tasted her cakes, you’ll notice the difference. 

Only thing is, they’re based in Villa Teresa in Angeles City, Pampanga.

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EVERYTHING WITH SOYA: Chilled Soya Puddings “Singaporean Taho” (UTT Rating: 3.62) @EverythingwSoya

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #9: (Dessert) 
EVERYTHING WITH SOYA

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    86 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
    95 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    88 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    44 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     11 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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We’re big taho lovers and EVERYTHING WITH SOYA‘s is the best flavored taho we’ve ever tasted. It’s smooth and literally melts in your mouth. It has the right amount of sweetness and the flavor is well-infused into the soya.

If we would rank all the flavors, melon would be top, followed by strawberry, then original flavor, and lastly, chocolate.

Congratulations to Hannah on your Everything with Soya venture!

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LOUIE’s Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies (UTT Rating: 3.57)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #10: (Dessert)  
LOUIE’s Sea-Salt Choco Cookies

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  112 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  154 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  137 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    62 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
      6 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better

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LOUIE’s Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies provide a good balance of chocolate and cookie dough with a sea-salt kick. Among all the cookies during the taste test, these stood out the most. My wife raves about them, too. 🙂  

They were a surprise, last-minute entry in the Ultimate Taste Test home-based category, and turned out to be one of the winners of the UTTXI series. 🙂 Congrats, Jessica!

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MALAGOS 65% Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Drink (UTT Rating: 3.50)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #12: (Dessert) 
MALAGOS Chocolate 

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    78 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  106 foodies rated 4- I love it!
   115 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     51 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     15 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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MALAGOS CHOCOLATE is one of my favorite Chocolate discoveries during the recent taste test. This is brought to us by the same Puentespina Family from Davao, also famous for their Malagos Cheese. The chocolate was highly rated by the US-based C-Spot objective chocolate rating site.

I personally like the 75% Dark Chocolate version while my wife likes the 85% Dark chocolate. Both were also available for taste test during the event. Their chocolate has balanced sweetness and is not too bitter.

Congratulations to Rex and Jen Puentespina for another proudly Filipino product! 

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FRANCHINO’s Frosted Lemon Cookies (UTT Rating: 3.50)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #11: (Dessert) 
FRANCHINO’s

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    75 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  122 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  147 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    46 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     13 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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It’s always fun to meet and get to taste the creations of the next generation of food enterpreneurs like Beatrice Naidas. She is passionate about her home-based Franchino’s venture, which is known for her best-seller — Frosted Lemon Cookies. 🙂 She continues to experiment with new offerings, from the Salmon Dill Dressing to other baked goods that would surely delight the foodies in Manila.

If you are looking for a good cookie gift this Christmas, check out Franchino’s Frosted Lemon Cookies and other baked goodies. 🙂 Congratulations for winning in the UTT XI!

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